BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
First show: May 25
“An unequivocal cause for celebration… Basquiat’s art – raw, inventive, socially engaged – continues to speak to us.” – NY Times.
BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT follows Basquiat’s life pre-fame and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. Using never-before-seen works, writings and photographs, director Sara Driver, who was part of the New York arts scene herself, worked closely and collaboratively with friends and other artists who emerged from that period: Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Glenn O’Brien, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Patricia Field, Luc Sante and many others. Drawing upon their memories and anecdotes, the film also uses period film footage, music and images to visually re-recreate the era, drawing a portrait of Jean-Michel and Downtown New York City -pre AIDS, President Reagan, the real estate and art booms – before anyone was motivated by money and ambition. The definition of fame, success and power were very different than today – to be a penniless but published poet was the height of success, until everything changed in the early 1980s. This is New York City’s story before that change.
Directed by Sara Driver (STRANGER THAN PARIDISE). With Alexis Adler, Al Diaz, Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Felice Rosser, Jennifer Jazz, Luc Sante, Carlo McCormick, Glenn O’Brien, Michael Holman, Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Kenny Scharf, Sur Rodney (Sur), Patricia Field, Mary-Ann Monforton, Diego Cortez & Bud Kliment.
USA. 2018. DCP. 78 mins.
“Driver gives the cross-pollinating forces of music, media, fashion and art such concise, firsthand exploration”. – Globe & Mail
“Pinpoints the moment when the graffiti world pivoted, without knowing it, into the art world.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety.
BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: Upcoming Showtimes